hellomynameismaddy:

did you know that disabled people hold the record for the longest occupation of a US federal building?

disabled people are hardcore and don’t you forget it

everminding:

fauxcyborg:

water and food insecurity are not caused by overpopulation but the corporate stranglehold on science, agriculture and natural resources. overpopulation is also almost always used to solely talk about the responsibility of people who aren’t “like us” to stop having children. 

Yeah really like stop using violence to steal land out from under indigenous populations and then forcing them to work producing commodity goods for the west.  It’s not hard.

popiscle:

Bro come on just tuck me in bro you know I can’t sleep unless someone tucks me in man

itsrainingdemons:

Anders? More like

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spookynumb:

effingtomb:

you-and-me-divine:

If you didn’t think “Shia LaBeouf” could get better, you were wrong.

I literally can’t believe this exists there are tears in my eyes that I don’t remember crying

this is the definition of art

arkolonaut:

The feathers that Cullen and Anders have on their outfits remind me of how some male birds poof out their chests to impress the females

autistictransgirlxion:

calibornsmainsqueeze:

trans people taking testosterone need to drink orange juice cause testosterone weakens your immune system!! trans people taking estrogen need to drink milk cause estrogen causes calcium to be absorbed less

since i’ve now seen this concern raised twice in the past five minutes:

alternate sources of calcium for lactose intolerant estrogen-takers include nuts (almonds and hazelnuts are probably easiest to get), beans, broccoli, and kale

alternate sources of vitamin c for testosterone-takers allergic to oranges include what seems to be nearly every other fruit or vegetable (of which i’m going to arbitrarily highlight chili peppers, parsley, and broccoli again), and liver if that’s something you’re willing to eat

Artist Kim Keever’s liquid experiments produce beautifully abstract, hypnotizing swirls of color.

pedagogyoftheunimpressed:

by Samantha Nock

I have always been struck by the natural beauty of this earth.  I have grew up admiring rivers and the northern lights.  I’ve forever been in awe of the quiet elegance of snow covered trees.  I was raised in a place where the landscape takes breathes away and leaves people speechless.

Yet, being raised in a place where I was encouraged to admire the beauty of the land, I was never encouraged to admire the beauty of myself.  Instead, through insidious media and an overwhelming support of white, Western, beauty norms that favor slender white women, I was raised to chase an impossible means to an end.  I have inherited many beautiful things from my mother, and one of those things was the impossibility of ever being able to fit into these beauty norms.  Being born short, stocky, and squinty doesn’t lend itself to really seeing oneself as a beautiful person.  I still struggle with this.

This struggle to accept myself is has also been tied so tightly to being Metis.  If only I had two white parents, if only this, if only that… I wouldn’t be this.  I fought with myself, intensely, throughout my adolescents.  I had convinced myself and been convinced by others that my indigeneity was a downfall, it was something that I should be ashamed of; my indigeneity was a factor in my perceived ugliness.  Being mixed, I felt I was further caught in a paradigm:  I wasn’t Native enough to be beautiful or white enough to be beautiful.  This arbitrary level of beauty I kept holding myself too, that still permeates the back of my mind on days where I don’t feel strong enough to fight it off, is deeply ingrained in colonization and acts as a perpetuation of an unhealthy colonial mentality.

I’ve been wondering how to fix this thinking: how do I make loving myself a normal part of my decolonial praxis?  For me, decolonization begins and ends with the land, everything is tied to land: how to treat each other, how to organize politically, how we sustain ourselves as Indigenous peoples, is tied to the land.  As such, the love I have for myself as a Metis woman is tied to the land as well.  My curves are grassy knolls, my stretch marks are ravines, bruises are the northern lights, and my veins are rivers: I am beautiful like this land I come from.

This land is exquisite and so are we.  If we can take the time to appreciate sunsets and mountain peaks, we can take the time to look in the mirror every morning and appreciate the curves of our bodies.  We need to, as Indigenous women, practice radical self love.  We need to love ourselves in the same way we love this land.  Our bodies are deeply flawed, imperfect, and breath taking, just like this earth.  Our bodies are sovereign territory like our Nations, our bodies are homes we have to live in and with.  We are often displaced, displeased, and dismayed with where we come from, but we love it: deeply and intrinsically.  Loving ourselves is not something we can just do, it’s work.  It’s decolonial work and it is work we can’t do by ourselves.

I struggle everyday to love myself.  I know we all do.  But, when it gets are hard and the days happen where I can barely even look at myself, I remember: we exist because of the love of our ancestors.  Our bodies are compromised of stories older than time, our blood and bones are of this land.  Even if I have a day where I can’t see the beauty in myself, I still know that as imperfect as I am, I am here and supported by those who loved me into existence.  Within this insurmountable accumulation of love, for land and people, I find enough left for me to begin to love myself again.

Copyright Samantha Nock @ Halfbreed’s Reasoning. 

bootsnblossoms:

femininefreak:

Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014

Both by Dan Bagan

Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.

Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”

Then she teamed up with Steinman to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.

These are women are who I always wanted to be.

condesces:

ah, you’re playing dragon age 2? i love the way they [fenris clenches fist] [someone’s heart explodes inside his chest]

spicyshimmy:

"what’s dragon age 2 about?"

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spoopycreppydove:

oneshortdamnfuse:

princess-siddnttety:

hazeldash:

birdhead:

pyrositshere:

internetgoose:

I’m gonna depress the hell out of all of you. ready? ok go

so, that “stop devaluing feminized work post”

nice idea and all

but the thing is, as soon as a decent number of women enter any field, it becomes “feminized,” and it becomes devalued.

as women enter a field in greater number, people become less willing to pay for it, the respect for it drops, and it’s seen as less of a big deal. it’s not about the job- it’s about the number of women in the job.

observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field. so has happened with scores of other areas; nursing comes to mind

so the thing is, it’s not the work or the job that has to be uplifted and seen as more respectable. it will never work out, until people start seeing women as respectable

but there’s a doozy and who the fuck knows if it’s ever happening in my life time

"observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field."

Personal anecdote time!  I’m in a biology graduate program.  An acquaintance wanted to introduce some guy to me because his son was thinking about becoming an undergrad science major.  When he found out I was in the biology department, he grinned and said, “Well, I guess that’s kind of related to science.”

I gave him what I hope was an icy look and said, “Isn’t it strange how men outside the field started saying that right around the time biology majors shifted from mostly male to mostly female?”

The guy got this look on his face like he was about to play the “just a joke” card, and then an older woman who had been standing nearby, talking to someone else, turned to me and said, “The same thing happened with real estate.”  She went on to explain that, over the course of the career, the male-to-female ratio among real estate agents had dropped, and the pay and “prestige factor” of that job dropped along with it.

This is also famous for happening to teaching. Keep an eye on medicine over the next fifteen years and watch as it becomes less prestigious and less well-paid.

It also happened to secretarial/administrative work - in the 19th century, clerical work was utterly respectable and seen as requiring quite a lot of talent and skill (which it still does!) but then along came the typewriter and women entering the field and HEY PRESTO “she’s just some secretary”

at my university, chemical engineering, or chem eng, was often referred to as “fem eng” why? because it’s an exact 50/50 ratio of women to men, which clearly makes it too feminine. in the 70s/80s chemical engineering was one of the most important and hardest engineering fields (plastics! pulp and paper! OIL) but now that there are more women in the field it’s considered an easier field, in comparison to other fields.

for example, i once heard a girl in mech eng list some of the engineering fields in the order she thought was hardest to easiest. you know what it was? electrical, mechanical, chemical. it’s absolutely no surprise that this list is also a handy ordering of fewest women in the field to most women in the field.

AND, another point! this happens the other way around too. computer science related fields used to be dominated by women, which made it not very important (switchboard operators? yup). once men started taking over the field, well that’s when the big money and prestige came in.

The field of anthropology, which is becoming female dominated from what I can see, has been determined to be useless by some. (I’ve even had girls in STEM fields tell me I don’t study a “real science” so how’s about that internalized misogyny for ya) When I was majoring in anthropology, Gov. Rick Scott determined that Florida didn’t need any more anthropologists and wanted to reduce funding to programs and increase funding to STEM programs. While not considered a STEM field, anthropologists have contributed to the research behind STEM programs and provide a wide variety of services to Florida alone. A team of anthropologists created a powerpoint “This is Anthropology" to talk about dozens of programs and services they contribute to in Florida which include healthcare programs, education programs, disaster relief, forensic investigation, environmental programs and conservation efforts, research for fortune 500 businesses, agricultural programs, immigration programs, programs and services for the elderly, etc. I’m also in the field of education, and we’re constantly made out to be overpaid (we’re not) and made out to be incapable of doing our jobs without very strict guidance. 

It’s all very insulting, really. No matter what we study. No matter what we do to earn a living. It will never be good enough.

That original post really bothered me and this post really lays out why. Women’s work is devalued because women exist there. It doesn’t matter how hard or “soft” it is. Pushing women to pursue STEM careers is important because there are so many brilliant women; this doesn’t mean we’re devaluing “women’s work” by saying they should look at other options. One of the main goals is to one day make every profession at least half women. If we do that then it’s going to be a lot harder to devalue anything as women’s work.

There’s a really sharp divide between physics/engineering/chemistry and biology at my school. Biology and microbiology faculty and students are half or mostly women wheras chemistry/physics/engineering are mostly men. My school has a huge engineering program and surprise surprise, the “easiest” engineering program was viewed as civil engineering, which is coincidentally where most of the women are. I’ve had chemistry majors make fun of me to my back and to my face and it’s horrible because even the girl chemistry majors internalize this toxic shit. I know that I certainly view myself as less intelligent than an engineer, even though I’m highly trained in my field and I expect most engineers know nothing about microbiology or molecular biology. I know I will still always feel that insecurity.

Women are systemically devalued as human beings. The least we can do is try to level out the playing field in our careers.